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    The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

    PARK WITH CREDIT CARD
    The District Department of Transportation is letting drivers phone it in when it comes to parking. The agency rolled out a pay-by-phone parking pilot program Friday for 700 parking spaces in the Dupont Circle, Union Station and downtown areas of the city. (Washington Business Journal) 
     
    CAR THEFT WAY DOWN
    Arlington County vehicle thefts are at their lowest levels in nearly half a century, thanks largely to the police department's use of an especially sneaky anti-theft device. There were 297 vehicles stolen in Arlington County in 2009, down more than 9 percent from the previous year, according to a police department report. (Examiner)  

    BATTLE OF 1812 RE-ENACTMENT
    The rolling hills and expansive pastures of Brooke Clagett's 250-acre Holly Hill farm in Friendship took on the look of a time machine last week as citizen soldiers, men in top hats and women wearing bonnets roamed the property. The War of 1812 is re-enacted on Holly Hill farm in Friendship for a film about Fort McHenry. Holly Hill was the production site for a few scenes being filmed for a live-action movie about the War of 1812. A Hollywood film crew and about 150 actors descended upon the south county farm Tuesday to work as extras. (The Capital)

    REAL ESTATE PRICES RISE
    It’s three-for-three for the Arlington real estate market in 2010, which went each month of the first quarter of the year with increases in sales compared to 2009’s figures. Home sales in March totaled 220 countywide, up 31 percent from the 168 transactions reported a year before, according to figures reported April 9 by Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc., the area’s multiple-listing service. (Sun Gazette)

    PIRATES ON THE HILL
    The Capitol Visitor Center is displaying documents listing the demands of Barbary pirates from the 18th century as part of a new exhibit. The center will display 50 new historic documents beginning Monday in the exhibit "Pirates, Protests and Public Health." (wtop.com)